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Song Lyrics

Frank Zappa (lead guitar, vocals)

George Duke (keyboards, synthesizer, vocals)

Tom Fowler (bass)

Ruth Underwood (percussion)

Jeff Simmons (rhythm guitar, vocals)

Don Preston (synthesizer)

Bruce Fowler (trombone)

Walt Fowler (trumpet)

Napoleon Murphy Brock (tenor saxophone, flute, lead vocals)

Ralph Humphrey (drums)

Chester Thompson (drums)

Debbie (background vocals)

Lynn (background vocals)

Robert Camarena (background vocals)

Cheepnis.

Let me tell you something, do you like monster movies?

Anybody?


(YEAH!)

I love monster movies, I simply adore monster movies, And the cheaper they are, the better they are. And cheepnis in the case of a monster movie has nothing to do with the budget of the film, although it helps. But true cheepnis is exemplified by visible nylon strings attached to the jaw of a giant spider. I`ll tell you, a good one that I saw one time, I think the name of the film was "It conquered the world" (YEAH!) And the... Did you ever see that one? The monster looks sort of like an inverted ice-cream corn with teeth around the bottom. It looks like a, like a teepee or a sort of a rounded off pup-tent affair. And ah, it`s got fangs on the base of it, I don`t know why but it`s a very threatening sight. And then he`s got a frown and, you know, ugly mouth and everything, And there`s this one scene where the ah monster is coming out of a cave. See? There`s always a scene where they come out of a cave, at least once. And the rest of the cast...it musta been made around the 1950`s. The lapels are about like th

at wide, The ties are about that wide and about this short, And they always have a little revolver that they`re gonna shoot the monster with. And there is always a girl who falls down and twists her ankle. Hey hey! Of course there is! You know how they are, the weaker sex and everything, Twisting their ankle on behalf of a little ice-cream corn. Well in this particular scene, In this scene folks, they ah, they didn`t wanna re-take it `cause it musta been so good they wanted to keep it, but they... When the monster came out of the cave, just over on the left hand side of the screen you can see about this much two-by-four attached to the bottom of the Thing as the guy is pushing it out, And then obviously off-camera somebody`s goin`: "No! Get it back!" ...and they drag it back just a little bit as the guy is goin`: "KCH! KCH!" Now that`s cheepnis.

Right. And this is cheepnis here: One two three four...

I ate a hot dog

It tasted real good

Then I watched a movie

From Hollywood

(repeat)

Little Miss Muffett on a squat by me

Took a turn around, I said: Can y`all see?

The little strings on the Giant Spider?"

The Zipper From The Black Lagoon?

The vents by the tanks where the bubbles go up?

(And the flaps on the side of the moon)

The jelly & paint on the 40 watt bulb

They use when the slime droozle off

The rumples & the wrinkles in the cardboard rock

And the canvas of the cave is too soft

The suits & the hats & the tie`s too wide

And too short for the scientist man

The chemistry lady with the roll-away mind

And the monster just ate Japan

Ladies and gentlemen,

The monster,

Which the peasants in this area call FRUNOBULAX

(Apparently a very large poodle dog)

Has just been seen approaching The Power Plant

Bullets can`t stop it

Rockets can`t stop it

We may have to use NUCLEAR FORCE!

HERE COMES THAT POODLE DOG!

BIG AS A BLIMP WITH A RHINESTONE COLLAR

SNAPPIN` OFF THE TREES

LIKE THEY WAS BONSAI`D ORNAMENTS ON A

DRY-WOBBLE LANDSCAPE

KEEP IT AWAY! DON`T LET THE POODLE BITE ME!

WE CAN`T LET IT REPRODUCE! OH!

SOMEBODY GET OUT THE PANTS!

The National Guard has formed up at the base

of the mountain

And is attempting to lure the enormous poodle

towards the cave

Where they hope to destroy it with napalm

A thousand of the troopers are now lined up

and are calling to the monster...

Here Fido

Here Fido

Here Fido

GOT A GREAT BIG SLIMEY THING

GOT A GREAT BIG HEAVY THING

GOT A GREAT BIG POODLE THING

GOT A GREAT BIG HAIRY THING

(repeat)

C`mon! Everybody! Let`s go!

Get the distilled water! Get the canned goods!

Get the toilet paper! You know we need it!

GO TO DA SHELTER

MY BABY, MY BABY,

GO TO DA SHELTER

GO TO DA SHELTER

(repeat)

Little Miss Muffett on a squat by me,

Can ya see the little string danglin` down

Makes the legs go wabble an` the mouth flop shut

An` the HORRIBLE EYE, HORRIBLE EYE, HORRIBLE EYE

Go rollin` around

Can y`see it all

Can y`see it from here

Can y`laugh till yer we

Remixes

A list of remixes of this Frank Zappa song:

Release History

The Frank Zappa song "Cheepnis" appears on the following albums:
Ontario Slime
2004

Ontario Slime

  1. Be-bop Tango (3:44)
  2. T'mershi Duween (1:54)
  3. I'm The Slime (3:20)
  4. Big Swifty (8:48)
  5. Pygmy Twylyte (8:22)
  6. The Idiot Bastard Son (2:40)
  7. Cheepnis (6:33)
  8. Montana (5:48)
  9. Dupree's Paradise (11:26)
The History and Collected Improvisations of Frank Zappa and The Mothers of Invention
Upload Album Cover
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The Old Masters, Box Three
1987

The Old Masters, Box Three

  1. Big Swifty (8:48)
  2. Your Mouth (3:12)
  3. It Just Might Be A One Shot Deal (1:57)
  4. Waka / Jawaka (11:18)
  5. For Calvin (And His Next Two Hitch-hikers) (6:47)
  6. The Grand Wazoo (13:20)
  7. Cletus Awreetus-awrightus (2:56)
  8. Eat That Question (6:43)
  9. Blessed Relief (7:59)
  10. Camarillo Brillo (3:25)
  11. I'm The Slime (3:20)
  12. Dirty Love (2:59)
  13. Fifty - Fifty (8:05)
  14. Zomby Woof (5:39)
  15. Dinah-moe Humm (6:04)
  16. Montana (5:48)
  17. Don't Eat The Yellow Snow (0:57)
  18. Nanook Rubs It (6:44)
  19. St. Alfonzo's Pancake Breakfast (1:50)
  20. Father O'blivion (20:41)
  21. Cosmik Debris (7:43)
  22. Excentrifugal Forz (1:34)
  23. Apostrophe (5:51)
  24. Uncle Remus (2:44)
  25. Stink Foot (6:41)
  26. Preamble (0:48)
  27. Penguin In Bondage (5:15)
  28. Pygmy Twylyte (8:22)
  29. Dummy Up (6:03)
  30. Village Of The Sun (4:17)
  31. Echidna's Arf (Of You) (4:48)
  32. Don't You Ever Wash That Thing? (4:56)
  33. Cheepnis (6:33)
  34. Son Of Orange County (6:13)
  35. More Trouble Every Day (5:41)
  36. Be-bop Tango (Of The Old Jazzmen's Church) (16:43)
  37. Inca Roads (3:43)
  38. Can't Afford No Shoes (2:39)
  39. Sofa No. 1 (3:06)
  40. Po-jama People (7:43)
  41. Florentine Pogen (10:14)
  42. Evelyn, A Modified Dog (1:05)
  43. San Ber'dino (5:57)
  44. Andy (5:21)
  45. Sofa No. 2 (2:41)
  46. Debra Kedabra (3:54)
  47. Carolina Hard-core Ecstasy (6:13)
  48. Sam With The Showing Scalp Flat Top (2:52)
  49. Poofter's Froth Wyoming Plans Ahead (3:04)
  50. 200 Years Old (4:30)
  51. Cucamonga (2:24)
  52. Advance Romance (10:09)
  53. Man With The Woman Head (1:28)
  54. Muffin Man (5:52)
  55. Wind Up Workin' In A Gas Station (2:29)
  56. Black Napkins (4:36)
  57. The Torture Never Stops (14:04)
  58. Ms. Pinky (3:40)
  59. Find Her Finer (3:34)
  60. Friendly Little Finger (4:17)
  61. Wonderful Wino (2:47)
  62. Zoot Allures (9:56)
  63. Disco Boy (4:02)

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